Alexandria and Arlington news briefs

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Houses, public art win prizes as top Arlington designs

The Arlington County Board has named 11 winners of the inaugural DESIGNArlington awards.

The top prize, the Award of Excellence, went to four projects. Three were single-family homes: at 2765 Fort Scott Dr. in Arlington Ridge, 4521 N. 32nd Rd. in Country Club Hills and 2758 N. Nelson St. in Riverwood. The fourth was public art: bamboo statues commissioned by the Crystal City Business Improvement District and placed in the Crystal City Water Park from June through October.

The seven Awards of Merit went to two single-family homes, three multifamily residential projects and two county-owned facilities: the Kettler Capitals Iceplex and the Arlington Arts Center.

Photos and information about the winning projects are at

County Board Chairman Jay Fisette said in a statement, "Arlington is already known as a leader in Smart Growth planning and transit. It is time to set higher expectations in building design and reach for some truly great buildings -- both commercial and residential."

The county received 50 entries, including traditional and modern construction in single-family neighborhoods, residential infill and multifamily housing projects, adaptive reuse, preservation and public art projects. A panel of architects judged the entries.

Commission for Women seeks nominations for award

The Alexandria Commission for Women is seeking nominations for its 2010 Salute to Women Awards.

The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m. Wednesday. For information or to make nominations, visit

Nominations sought for student human rights awards

The Alexandria Human Rights Commission will give awards to as many as three high school juniors and seniors and first-year community college students who have contributed toward improving basic human rights and fairness for all in the city. Recognized students will receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary award.

Submissions must be sent or delivered to the director of the Alexandria Office of Human Rights, 421 King St., Suite 400, Alexandria, Va. 22314, by Feb. 26.

For information, contact Jean Kelleher Niebauer, Alexandria Office of Human Rights, at 703-746-3140.

Professionals to perform Wakefield student play

"Mariana's Wish," an original play by Wakefield High School sophomore Mariana Pavon, is one of nine Washington area student plays selected by the Young Playwrights' Theater to be produced as part of its annual New Play Festival. The festival showcases student work from its in-school playwriting program.

Pavon was one of 11 Arlington County public school students to complete a 12-week workshop.

Pavon will be paired with a professional drama coach who will help make final edits to her play. Professional actors will perform the plays April 19-21 at the GALA Hispanic Theatre in the District.

-- Compiled by Christy Goodman

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